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Resource ID: #16045
Subject: Economics
Source: Baltimore Sun
Date: Oct. 10, 1999



Economic reporter John Hancock examines whether economic incentives, such as subsidies and tax breaks, are cost-effective methods of attracting and keeping businesses within certain communities. Some states are spending more than $3 billion annually to court corporations, which ofen play states against each other -- by lying about other offers. States are egged on in the process by consultants who take a healthy cut of the profits. Rarely do the incentives generate an increases in employment or the economy.

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